Villa | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 20
Just 8 km from Lucca, in an exceptionally good position on a hill, with a panorama stretching from the towers of Lucca to the town of San Miniato, lies this wonderful historic home, which has origins way back in history: it was first built as a fortified village, then in the middle ages it became a lookout tower and finally around the 15th or 16th century it became a country residence for a family that was part of the Lucca nobility. It then became a convent and during the centuries had many illustrious guests. It has been recently renovated with a painstaking work of conservation and recovery of all its original characteristics, and the result is a faithful representation of the typical Lucca villa of the 1500s, as described by Samminiati, the great intellectual and architect. They have knowledgeably re-used all the old construction materials such as stone, terracotta, hand-forged ironwork, and they have recovered the monumental fireplace, the typical loggia with its arches, columns and frescoes looking over towards the olive grove, but above all they have respected the original layout of the rooms, which are large and airy. Put together with the furnishings, which are composed of a collection of special antique pieces and many from the 1800s, some of which have come from old convents and churches, it all gives this house an original atmosphere of austerity, elegance and simplicity, capable of bringing back the rhythms of life of times gone by. In order to provide guests with complete relaxation, the villa has also been equipped with the most modern comforts: hydro massage tubs in most of the bathrooms, under-floor central heating, satellite TV, high-quality comfortable mattresses, and above all it offers a complete, personalized and detailed assistance for guests: daily cleaning and linen changes, on request the organization of many trips (tour with wine tasting, cooking courses, participation at the Viareggio carnival or at the Puccini music festival, and so on. Outside, the villa has a panoramic garden area with a pergola, furnished for relaxing and dining outside; an ancient reservoir of water that is in front of the villa, was converted into an oval swimming pool of 12x7m with a splendid view over the surrounding hills.The beaches at Versilia are about half-an-hour's drive away.
GROUND FLOOR: entrance into a salon of 70 sq.m with brick vaulted ceilings, dining table and living area with TV, 1 long double room with tables and access to the garden, 1 large kitchen with antique stone sink and access to the garden, 1 room with large antique fireplace and wood-burning oven, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bedroom with 2 small double beds, 1 small doublebedroom, 1 bathroom with hydromassage shower, 1 bathroom with hydromassage tub. FIRST FLOOR (the 'piano nobile'): large central reception room (150 sq.m) with large stone fireplace and access to the furnished, frescoed loggia, dining room, small living-room, studio, 1 WC with washbasin, access room with fireplace (in the old tower) for the stairs leading to the
SECOND FLOOR: large central living-room of 150 sq.m with high trussed roof and monumental fireplace, 3 twin bedrooms, each with private bathroom with shower, 2 twin bedrooms each with private bathroom with hydro massage tub, 1 walk-through junior suite with small living-room with writing table and double bed accessing 1 twin bedroom with private bathroom with shower.
Extra costs and further information
Final cleaning is included in the price
2 sets of bed and bath linen per week included in the price
Cot for babies under 2 years with bars available: free of charge
Domestic pets: not allowed
Swimming-pool opening times (if available) May 11, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013
Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival € 1000
Central heating according to consumption
Electricity included in the price
Other services included in the price:
Cleaning during the week: 5 hours, 2 times a week for a total of 10 hours. Welcome basket.
Further costs to be paid on the premises in cash:
Unlimited DSL internet use Euro 50 per week ( the villa is provided with its own computer with USB key).
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 9 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 9 Family bathrooms|
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